John Hopper was hoping he’d be home when his baby was born.
“I was in Iraq for the last seven months,” he said, explaining that he is working there as a contractor. “I came back a couple of weeks early for the birth.”
Milo Keillan Hopper, who weighs 6 pounds and measures 19-and-a-half inches long, was the first baby born at Davis Hospital and Medical Center in 2016. He came into the world at 12:53 a.m. on Jan. 1.
The baby’s parents, Hopper and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Young, of Roy, were planning to attend a New Year’s Eve party. The baby was due soon, but a check-up with the doctor sped things up.
“His water was low,” said Hopper. “They decided to induce, so we had to cancel all of our plans.”
Missing a party was worth having a healthy baby. Hopper said Milo’s brothers and sister are excited.
“They get to see him tomorrow, when we bring him home,” he said.
Hopper will be spending as much time as possible with his son, because he leaves for Afghanistan at the end of January.
The first baby born at McKay-Dee Hospital in 2016 was Randon Scott Elliott, according to Tim Beery, a communications specialist for the hospital. He was born at approximately 11 a.m. on Jan. 1, to Tana Cherry of Plain City.
Ogden Regional Medical Center’s first delivery of the year was not of one baby, but two.
Nash Maloy Guinn was born at 11:46 a.m., followed at 11:47 a.m. by Cohen Michael Guinn.
“They’re doing fine,” said Craig Bielik, director of marketing and public relations for the hospital.
The twins’ parents are Zachary and Heather Guinn, of West Haven.